ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Opinion

India's great sugar boondoggle is a waste of taxpayers' money

Ending costly subsidies will be better for growers, processors and consumers

| India
Indian farmers harvest sugar cane in Rajasthan in November 2021: the price of the cane continued to be fixed by politicians fixated on crude electoral math.   © Sipa/AP

Prerna Sharma Singh is an award-winning analyst specializing in policy and regulation with special reference to the agriculture and food sectors. She is a director on the board of Indonomics Consulting Private Limited.

In December, the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement panel upheld a complaint brought by Australia, Brazil and Guatemala that Indian subsidies for its sugar growers were in breach of international trade rules.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more